From peace to war: opposing Aberdeen, 1852–55

Geoffrey Hicks

in Peace, War and Party Politics

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print November 2007 | ISBN: 9780719075957
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781700785 | DOI:
From peace to war: opposing Aberdeen, 1852–55

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This chapter focuses on the years after 1852, from the formation of the Aberdeen coalition until its downfall in January 1855. It emphasizes the Conservatives' views that their successors were responsible for endangering the relationship they had nurtured with France as well as fatally mishandling relations with Russia. The onset of war, less than eighteen months after the advent of Aberdeen's coalition, illustrated practical difficulties for the Conservatives to form an administration after the fall of government in January 1855. Furthermore, it highlights that the Cabinet became the most important forum for debate on foreign affairs, because from February 1853 to 1855, four former Foreign Secretaries came and left the coalition Cabinet. This chapter not only emphasizes the concerns about the Anglo-French relationship but explores its impact on the British position in the deteriorating Near East.

Keywords: Aberdeen coalition; war; coalition Cabinet; foreign affairs; Anglo-French relationship

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